If you thought legendary Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson had finished her unfinished business with that recent video for the Freddie King cover "Tore Down," you thought wrong. In her brand-new vid for "Am I Even a Memory," Jackson teams up for a duet with local songster Justin Townes Earle, who of course produced Jackson's October-released LP Unfinished Business. "Memory" premiered this morning via NPR's All Songs Considered, where writer Ann Powers calls the Greg Garing-penned tune "a classic country weeper."
The video, which you can see above, was shot in black-and-white by Cream contributor Seth Graves, who also directed "Tore Down." "The Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow approach (the back-and-forth, literal approach)," Graves tells NPR in regard to the video, "seemed like it could potentially come off weird if taken literally." Fair, and thus the impetus behind JTE casually joining Jackson for a karaoke rendering of "Memory" at that hippest of local haunts, Santa's Pub. The result is pretty endearing: the long and lean JTE perching on a stool beside the diminutive Jackson, taking a moment to commiserate over their mutual heartache. Tender stuff, and classically weep-worthy indeed.
Miss Jackson will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Nov. 20, and she'll play 3rd & Lindsley on Dec. 7.